Philip and I are cleaning out our pantry/freezer, and eating what we have. I’m not sure we’ve ever done this in our life together. It’s been good, but creativity become necessary as food is eaten up. Right now, I making a soup containing veggie stock, onion, jalepeno, cumin, garlic powder, salt, black beans, mashed baked potatoes, and chicken sausage. I feel confident in my own cooking abilities that I’m not scared of the challenge to create new things to eat; it’s just easier to buy ingredients and cook something I know.
Since becoming a stay at home mom (SAHM), our pantry has been filled with more staples, not just 7 boxes of cereal and cake mixes. My go to place for pantry staples is Aldi. Their canned items aren’t any different than name brand, and they’re much cheaper. These are the items we keep in our pantry:
- Green Beans
- Tomatoes (sauce, crushed, paste, and sometimes Rotel)
- black beans
- refried beans
- white beans
- stocks (veggie and chicken)
We do keep applesauce, but we go through it very quickly (especially when we don’t have fresh produce around). We also have pork and chicken in our freezer (and beef, if it’s on sale). We picked lots of strawberries last spring/summer, so those are on-hand for quick smoothies or jam on bread.
What are some items in your pantry? Do you have any go to pantry recipes?